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How to stop lower back pain

  • Posted by Catherine Tumelty
  • 14 April 2015

I have been in the fitness industry for an over 10 years and the most common problem my clients come to me with is lower back pain. 

So what is causing the lower back pain? 

There are a few possible causes but most commonly it is because the core and glutes (bottom muscles) are not activating properly or they are not strong enough to support our diaphragm.

Having a solid core creates a foundation for all activities. Your core muscles refer to the muscles deep within the abdominals and back, attaching to the spine or pelvis. Some of these muscles include the transverse abdominis, the muscles of the pelvic floor, and the oblique (side) muscles.

To improve core strength it is important to know what exercises are suitable or can help us to get there. Crunches may be a very popular exercise but they are not targeting the right muscles we need to strengthen our core. Try these 2 simple exercises at home or next time you’re in the gym to keep you on the right track.

4 Point Stance

Start Position                                                            End Position



Hip Bridges

Start Position                                                              End Position



If you are looking for further guidance on core training, a qualified personal trainer can help you develop a safe and effective program and ensure you are recruiting the correct muscles… and ultimately say goodbye to back pain!


Written by Zuzana Vasailes

Senior Personal Trainer at Fit n Fast Liverpool Street (CBD)

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